First Friday Christmas in Rocky Mount at the Imperial Centre


On the first Friday of each month, the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences plays host to a variety of family-friendly activities. However, the most special “First Friday” event of the year is approaching on Friday, December 6. On that Friday, the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will host a special “First Friday” Christmas in Rocky Mount.

Santa Claus will be on hand for the First Friday event at the Imperial Centre.

Christmas in Rocky Mount Activities Throughout the Centre

As with each “First Friday,” all areas of the Imperial Centre will have activities for all ages. Consequently, due to its Christmas in Rocky Mount theme, all of these areas will be “spreading holiday cheer” on December 6.

At 6:00 p.m., the most traditional Christmas in Rocky Mount activity will take place. This is when the annual tree lighting will take place. Also, Santa will be on hand to take pictures with the kids. Likewise, another traditional Christmas in Rocky Mount favorite returns with the annual carriage rides.

The art demonstrations are always a fun part for the children at Imperial Centre events.

Children’s Museum Christmas Activities

In the Children’s Museum area at the Imperial Centre, there will be an array of Christmas in Rocky Mount fun for the family to enjoy. This includes free admission to the “Spin” exhibit and the always popular Braswell Memorial Pop-Up Library. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a planetarium show as part of the First Friday Christmas in Rocky Mount. In addition to all of this, at 8:00 p.m. will be a special Holiday Laser Light show.

There will be a variety of vendors one hand Main Lobby of the Imperial Centre to pick up some Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

First Friday Christmas Events in the Art Center

Just as with the Children’s Museum section, the Art Center will also feature its own holiday-themed events. This area will boast free art exhibits for public viewing. It will also have live music throughout the night’s festivities by Tim and Susan Wells. Lastly, you will want to be sure to join in the special holiday-themed art activity and demo.

The Main Lobby: A Celebration of Christmas in Rocky Mount

Not to be outdone, The Imperial Centre’s Main Lobby will feature a variety of local vendors on hand for those looking to pick up some last-minute stocking stuffers and gifts. Additionally on hand will be an information table and a performance by the talented dancers from Dance USA. An art demonstration will also take place during this event in the main lobby as well.

The Langston Hughes’ written “Black Nativity” will have six showings at the Imperial Centre between December 6-15.

Black Nativity Takes the “Centre Stage” for Six Showings as Part of Imperial Centre Holiday Events

The theatre at the Imperial Centre is always the place to find a talented group of live performers on stage. Their annual holiday performances have included several Christmas classics, and this year will be no exception.

Featuring an all-local cast, this year’s performance will be “Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play.” The classic Christmas tale will see the cast tell its story in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song, and folk spiritual forms. This year’s production is directed by Imperial Centre Artistic and Managing Director, Brookew Edwards. The show is co-produced by Word Tabernacle Church.

Show Times at the Imperial Centre for Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play

  • Friday, December 6- 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7- 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 8- 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 13- 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14- 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 15- 2:00 p.m.

The Imperial Centre for the Arts is located just minutes from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. For more on tickets for “Black Nativity,” and all the Christmas in Rocky Mount First Friday events at the Imperial Centre, visit For more information on the Belmont Lake Preserve new home and golf community, visit